Now that the Preganews pregnancy test has confirmed you’re going to be a mother, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following these simple guidelines.
- Get early prenatal care
Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your doctor right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you’ll be screened for any conditions that might lead to complications.
If you haven’t yet chosen a doctor, it’s time to get started. Finding the right one can take a while. That is why we advise you to start looking for someone the moment you and your partner start trying.
- Watch what you eat
You should keep in mind that you’ll now be eating for two. Ensure that you get plenty of protein. You now need 70 grams a day compared to 45 grams before you got pregnant. And while your calcium requirement remains the same, it’s more important than ever that you meet it, which is a challenge for many women.
Talk to your doctor and start working on a diet that’ll help you and your baby.
- Exercise regularly
Following a proper exercise routine will help you get the endurance and strength to carry the weight you will gain during pregnancy. Exercising will also help you prevent or ease aches and pains, improve circulation in your limbs and handle the physical stress of labor.
Whether it’s Yoga, Pilates or any other exercise you prefer, it’s a great way to reduce stress as well. It will also ensure that getting back into shape after childbirth becomes easier.
Keep in mind, though, that you do not push yourself too hard. You should also remain hydrated. Talk to your doctor on what types of exercise is best for you.
- Get some rest
Ask any mother and she’ll testify how tiring it is to carry a child. The fatigue that you feel is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy. Listen to it. You need o give yourself a break and let your other responsibilities slide a little. Even if you are not able to sleep, then lie down and read a book or something.
- Cut back on the alcohol and smoking
While it is always a great idea not to smoke or drink, it is absolutely imperative that you abstain from drinking or smoking when you’re pregnant. These things will not just harm you, but they’ll increase the risk of your child having problems.
Whatever happens, Do Not Drink or Smoke while pregnant.
- Cut back on caffeine as well
The caffeine that you love so much, has no nutritive value and makes it harder for your body to absorb iron, something pregnant women are already low on. It’s also a stimulant, so it can make it even harder for you to get a good night’s sleep, give you headaches, and contribute to heartburn.
Limit your coffee drinking or consider switching to decaf. And check the caffeine content of other products you consume, like tea, soft drinks, “energy” drinks, chocolate, and coffee ice cream, as well as over-the-counter drugs, such as headache, cold, and allergy remedies.
- Eliminate environmental dangers
There are certain jobs that can be hazardous to you and your developing baby. If you’re in a job where you’re routinely exposed to chemicals, heavy metals (like lead or mercury), certain biologic agents, or radiation, you’ll need to make some changes as soon as possible.
You should also remember that some cleaning products, pesticides, solvents, and lead in drinking water from old pipes can also be harmful. Talk to your doctor about what your daily routine involves, so you can come up with ways to avoid or eliminate hazards in your home and workplace.
- See your dentist
Many pregnant women do not give importance to their oral health during the time they’re expecting. Keep in mind that hormonal shifts during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to gum disease. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels can also cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria in plaque, resulting in swollen, bleeding, tender gums (gingivitis). So, see your dentist for a checkup and cleaning now if you haven’t had a visit in the last six months.
- Take care of your emotional health
During pregnancy, most women feel like they’re on an emotional roller coaster. Keep in mind that if your mood swings are extreme, you might be suffering from depression – a relatively common condition.
If you feel low for more than two weeks and if you’re anxious, talk to your partner and/or get help.
We hope that these help you when you’re expecting, but you should keep in mind that all the content here should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.